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 Blizzard of '78 
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 Blizzard of '78
Today marks the 31st Anniversary of the Blizzard of '78. How many of you were old enough to remember this? I was 10 years old and I had a blast! Of course I lived in the city and my familiy didnt have to dig out of anything! I remember the streets after the storm had huge "mountain" like piles of snow on each side of the major streets! Me and my friends actually dug up a street light! The best was not having school for about 3 weeks!!


Fri Feb 06, 2009 8:55 am
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Yeah I remember the Blizzard! Well, at least as well as a kid who was 8-years-old at the time could be expected to remember it. It's also hard to forget when the news stations mention the anniversary every year. Last year was the big one--the 30th anniversary. That was a media blitz (or blizzard as it were :wink: ).

Of course my memories are kind of like yours Joehead. Being a kid, I knew that something really big was going on, but it was hard to appreciate how serious of a thing it was for most people. For me it mostly meant no school and a LOT of snow to play in. It would be very different for me know as a working adult.

I do have two serious memories from the blizzard though. There was a kid in the grade below me (I dind't know him at all, but he was a classmate of my nephew) disappeared a couple of days after the blizzard. It seemed like the entire town was out searching for him and no one could figure out wher he was. I remember seeing people walking in a line in the woods near our house with long sticks, putting the sticks into the snow as they walked along searching for the kid. I walked over to my father's buried car and uncovered the windows, half expecting to see a dead kid in the back seat. Of course that was mostly my CDF-addled brain using its imagination, but still, it does show that the seriousness of the situation had hit me.
A week or so later (not sure exactly how long it took) a mailman saw some cloth near the front door of the kid's house. When he checked it out he found the kid's body buried under the snow. Turns out that he had dies RIGHT IN FRONT OF HIS HOUSE when snow or ice had fallen off the roof. There was just SO much snow around that no one realized he had died so close to home. People were searching all over town, and he was in front of his house the whole time. It must have been such a tragic shock to his parents.

The second story also involved my nephew. I don't really know all the details about this one, but apparently a couple of kids got lost or stuck out in the woods sometime after the blizzard. My nephew's dog Jasper actually came upon them and stayed with them overnight. When the kids were found the dog was credited with probably saving their lives. While this is a great story, it was kind of an unhappy one for my nephew. His parents agreed to give Jasper to the kids because of what he had done for them. Of course he was just being a "good dog", but it really was a pretty heroic thing to do.

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Fri Feb 06, 2009 9:52 am
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Wow, what a tragic story Col. Manning! I dont what I would do if we got a storm of the maginitude today! I dont live in the city anymore, and I complain about shoveling 2 inches these days!

One nice memory I have is, after a week had gone buy and we were able to go out and about, my father took me to see Close Encounters and whenever I see that movie I think back to that time. :)


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yeah that is a sad story

that storm was surreal. we dug tunnels under the snow and played in them. probably very stupid thing to do in hindsight.

i used to have pictures of the snow drifts some of which were almost as tall as our house! crazy. i hope we never see a storm like that again.

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Fri Feb 06, 2009 5:06 pm
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I remember the 7 foot snow drift that blocked our back door completely. Could only use the front door until we shoveled ourselves out which took the better part of a week. I remember there were no cars on the road except for emergency vehicles and snowmobiles. Everyone walked. I remember getting emergency milk in plastic bags, and being able to walk over the chain link fence in the back yard. There were still huge piles of snow at the Lincoln Mall in mid-May.

It was probably a once in a lifetime experience, but I'm so glad I was young enough to enjoy it.


Sat Feb 07, 2009 9:19 pm
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Now that it's almost summertime, I see this thread! :lol:

I was in the 4th grade during the Blizzard of '78...I remember we had to walk to school (Quincy/Wollaston) and get schoolwork to bring home and complete. I remember climbing over snowbanks to get there. Good times! :lol:

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I was about to start a new thread with this being the thirty-fifth anniversary of the Blizzard, but then decided to check for old threads and found this one from four years back. I hadn't really thought of if, but the blizzard happened right in the middle of the heyday of CDF! As a matter of fact, the day before the storm many of us might have sat down to watch "King Kong Escapes" and "Frankenstein Conquers the World" while hoping that the coming storm would cancel school on Monday. Then, if we were lucky enough to have power back by the following Saturday we could have sat down to see "I was a Teenage Werewolf" and "I Was a Teenage Frankenstein" after a whole week of no school and playing in the snow!

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i don't recall that we never lost power during the storm.\

however i was out of school for a week. the snow banks were almost as tall as our house. i used to have a picture of it somewhere. it was crazy.

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Wow, I was a Teenage Werewolf" and "I Was a Teenage Frankenstein" I must have definately watched these 2 back then, as a matter of fact I always watched them when they were on! 2 of my favorites! I sure wish these would be released legally!


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me too joe i would love to watch these back to back

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Thu Feb 07, 2013 1:16 pm
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 Re: Blizzard of '78
WJAR 10 aired a special on the Blizzard of 78 last week.

Check it out here:
http://www2.turnto10.com/list/blizzard-78-six-snowbound-days/ol/

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Thu Feb 14, 2013 10:58 pm
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 Re: Blizzard of '78
skorch wrote:
WJAR 10 aired a special on the Blizzard of 78 last week.

Check it out here:
http://www2.turnto10.com/list/blizzard-78-six-snowbound-days/ol/


Yup, they showed it last Friday at 10pm on MeTV Providence. I got to see a little more than half of it before I lost power. That's when I decided to go outside and clear the driveway; there was already about a foot of snow by that time, with another foot yet to come.

Thanks for the link skorch, now I can watch the rest of it.


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 Re: Blizzard of '78
Welcome. :)

A neighbor mentioned it while we were out shoveling our driveways. When I checked youtube later I couldn't find it but ended up coming across it on the WJAR website. Youtube does have some raw footage of the aftermath from 78 posted by WBZ that's really interesting and great quality.

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Tue Feb 19, 2013 10:01 pm
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 Re: Blizzard of '78
I'm currently reading a book entitled Ten Hours Until Dawn, which is about a rescue boat from Gloucester called the Can Do and what happened to it and her crew during the blizzard of '78. I spent a lot of time in Gloucester growing up and have always been fascinated with that city. There is a barrier called the Dog Bar in the harbor that protects it from harsh weather and I've walked it many times. The book describes how the waves carried a 90 foot CG Cutter over the barrier and into the harbor. I can only imagine how bad it must have been for anyone caught in that storm. We never lost power or heat and had plenty of milk and bread and most everything else because my mom went shopping earlier that day.


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